Vince D’Alto put the Boston University men’s lacrosse team on his back once again, scoring a tie-breaking goal with less than two minutes remaining to secure a 13-12 win over Colgate.
Up until the late-game goal, the Terriers (3-3, 1-0 PL) seemed out of rhythm. BU outshot the Raiders (0-5, 0-1 PL) 45-31, but the Terriers were often their own worst enemy and were unable to connect on most of their shot attempts.
D’Alto, the Terriers’ leading scorer, struggled to find the back of the cage until the last two minutes. The freshman attacker missed ten shots and turned the ball over four times, although he finished the game with two goals and one assist.
Freshman attacker Thomas Niedringhaus picked up the slack and led the Terriers in scoring with three goals. Sophomore attacker Timmy Ley and sophomore midfielder Jake Cates each ended with two goals and an assist, but both struggled to score as well and went 4-of-16 from the field.
Freshman attacker Louis Perfetto, BU’s assists leader, logged three assists and a goal on 1-of-4 scoring. He found junior attacker Tommy Nook in the second to cut the Terriers’ deficit to only two goals.
Senior goalie Joe McSorley, who was selected as the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, did not have his best performance of the season against the Raiders. McSorley allowed 12 goals compared to 10 saves.
Colgate also gave BU an unexpected challenge at the X. Junior faceoff specialists Sean Christman and Kevin Snyder went 12-of-27 on faceoffs against Colgate faceoff specialist Malcolm Feeney. Before the match, Christman and Snyder had won fewer than half of their faceoffs only once, against Bryant on February 18.
Colgate attacker Griffin Brown gave the BU defense a headache, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Attacker Nicky Petkevich had a hat trick of his own. Senior defender Reece Eddy, junior midfielder Michael Doxie, senior long stick midfielder Chase Levesque, and junior midfielder Andrew Volk paced the Terrier defense, but contributions throughout the rest of the roster were sparse.
The Terriers will be glad to have their first conference win in the books, but they have much room for improvement before their next league matchup. BU faces Bucknell at home on March 7 at 1:00 p.m. The Bison are coming off a 20-11 win over Marist and sit at 5-1 on the season.